An action plan for when ‘They don’t care about us’

I am sick of hearing about how the media is misrepresenting our community and not fairly reporting issues. Have you lost your mind? Why are you depending on them to tailor messages that are palatable to your liking? What type ...

Empowerment vs. symbolism: Blacks are today’s putty people

Incidents over just the past two months have taken Black folks on the psychological ride of our lives. The White woman in Spokane, Washington, who passed as Black caught and held our attention; then there was the McKinney, Texas, pool ...

Obama’s message on grace, healing

Friday, President Barack Obama gave the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney at Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. Pinckney was murdered in his church during a prayer meeting along with eight others who were attending prayer service on June ...

Neutralizing the right wing agenda

There’s a lesson to be learned from the Confederate flag quickly and unexpectedly falling into disfavor following the murder of nine Bible-studying African Americans, including the pastor, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The lesson is that the ...

One Nation, one flag: Healing our country

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved I do not expect the house to fall but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing ...

Race, flags and the Second Amendment

The church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, once again showed us the connection of guns and race. Statistics of inner-city gun violence always showed the connection. In this context, the National Rifle Association actually believes in gun control. Nothing says ...

As times continue to change, has the lost cause finally lost?

Has the pernicious fiction that there was something honorable about the Confederate rebellion treason in the defense of slavery, as one observer so trenchantly put it, recently finally been irredeemably shredded?

Executing a collective economic and political strategy

"Now there are some ‘practical’ things we can do. We begin the process of building a greater economic base. And at the same time, we are putting pressure where it really hurts. I ask you to follow through here."

Joyce Ann Brown’s legacy

The news of Joyce Ann Brown’s death spread throughout Black Dallas last week. And while many may have been touched by the news of her passing, many more were touched by her life.

Whites still live in state of denial on race

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley is fond of saying, “Slavery was America’s original sin, and racism remains its unresolved dilemma.”

School officer training is critical for success

While many issues divided legislators along ideological lines this session, there was one important issue where we all stood united: That Texas’ children deserve the best educational environment in order to promote their success.

A salute to our high school graduates

It is an honor to congratulate all high school graduates in the 30th Congressional District for successfully completing your high school education.

Emanuel AME and the buoyancy of hope

Rev. Clementa Pinckney and his fellow congregants of Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, gathered as usual in the historic edifice June 17 for their Wednesday evening prayer service. They came, as always, to refresh their ...

Growing seeds for a multicultural, multiracial teaching force

This is the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program’s 20th anniversary. More than 135,000 children across the country have had an enriching CDF Freedom Schools summer or after-school experience, and more than 15,000 college students and recent graduates have been ...

Our new City Council members

Four new people have been elected to serve on the Dallas City Council for Districts 3, 4, 7 and 8. These four districts are the designated African American districts on the council.